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About AFOLguy1970

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  1. My local stores also tend not to display models that they do not have in stock. I guess the reasoning is that they do not want to lure people in only for them to be disappointed when they cannot find it.
  2. AFOLguy1970

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Having the Natural History Museum come out Dec 1 was much appreciated. It allowed me to build it on Christmas and I get to avoid standing in line with a bunch of other people at the Lego Store on January 1. I am also glad to see that they finally allowed a modular to be pre ordered. The museum itself works well for me. I am not as put off by the olive green as I thought I might be. Also, it is nice to get back to a building that has a single function. Multi-function structures are fine, but I do not think they all have to be done this way. Guess we are getting a corner building next time as this has been the pattern.
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    Lego banning me from missing bricks and pieces

    I think I am going to save my usage of this service for something really major such as a missing bag or a very noticeable misprint on a printed piece. I wonder if they simply measure the number of times someone uses this and cuts them off after a certain number? Problem is if you buy a lot of sets, you will have a much greater chance of running into a problem, especially with today's quality control.
  4. AFOLguy1970

    Indiana Jones 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    April 1 happened to correspond with the LUG meeting in the same mall where the Lego Store was. When we got downstairs from the meeting, there was already about 20-25 people in line. Maybe the first 10 people got the UP houses and the Indiana Jones sets. They had them on a rack that was shorter than I was with 3 shelves. It was not even 6 feet long, so there could not have been much to begin with, and that was a limit of 1 per person. My son was disappointed, but I told him to wait a couple of months.
  5. AFOLguy1970

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    That brick built sax really seems like a missed opportunity. The only thing I can think of is maybe it had something to do with the parts budget. The pizza sign is also nice. Simple, but nice.
  6. AFOLguy1970

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Some of you are probably aware of this, but for many (especially the OCD type), this will be a heads up. I was converting my Brick Bank to MILS and then had some parts left over to also convert half of the Pet Shop. I noticed that the bank had the white lamp post on top of a plate on top of the baseplate, while the Pet Shop had the lamp post directly on top of the baseplate. A quick inspection of all modulars revealed that Palace Cinema and every modular before it had the lamp post on the baseplate. Everything after that has a plate between the lamp post and the baseplate. So if you were unaware of this as I was and you insist on your street having lamp posts of the same height, you need to gather some 2x2 plates. I definitely agree with this design change as the lamp post appears much better this way.
  7. AFOLguy1970

    Thoughts on 3D printing Legos?

    I concur that the quality of the 3D printed brick just wont be acceptable for the vast majority of us. Likely, the technology will at some point allow for a compatible brick with superior quality. This is probably something that keeps the higher ups at TLG up at night. I also looked into it due to the difficulty in getting certain parts, but after watching several videos of what was produced, I will wait for technology to improve.
  8. AFOLguy1970

    The new Lego TV spot

    Instead of paying Katy Perry, I wish they hired more people at the warehouses to clear those backlogs. Especially the Billund online PAB. It says it will take up to 28 days to get my order. I can only wish that were true.
  9. AFOLguy1970

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    I am slowly converting my modulars to MILS as well. For the PC, I am getting 3 bright red 8x8 plates, 3 bright red 8x16 plates, 3 medium stone grey 8x16s, and 2 medium stone grey 4x8's. The bright red plates go over the area where the actual building is, and the grey ones line the sidewalks. Above the baseplate, I use grey corners and completely fill the boundaries with grey technic bricks and grey bricks. I do not use the technic bricks on the side that will face a street. This makes it look like a raised curb (the roads on my shelf display are only two plates thick), and since the modulars have the lighter grey tiles on the edge, it blends in well. The interior 2x2 bricks for support can obviously be any color as they will never be seen. As I go through the other modulars, I can decide what color plates to have on top of the MILS that will both preserve the intended look and keep the outside grey.
  10. AFOLguy1970

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Sure there will always be criticism. Even my favorites have flaws as nothing is perfect. I do remember the PR and knew that would be a Day 1 purchase. It was however much shorter than its predecessors as it had a lot of interior and exterior detail. This one remains my favorite to this day. I skipped DO. I just was not wowed after seeing the likes of the PR. DOs biggest criticism is likely the "storyline" and parts usage requiring passages and a Prohibition cookie kitchen. BB was really short, although I like it a lot. Also, a lot of us thought the laundromat should not have taken space from it, which I felt was a valid point. DD was like black licorice--you either loved it or you hated it. I like the colors, the pink car, the fact it could be a "de facto" corner building, and a lot of the build techniques. My only criticism would probably be using the brittle brown parts on the boxing ring, but the issue has since been fixed. Assembly Square was really nice. Only thing is I wish was that the buildings were separable ala Pet Shop. CG was another skip for me. It was $200 at the time and I just was not into it for some reason. The Bookshop is also a favorite. The fall foliage was a bold move, although I the complaint that there is only one book piece seems valid. I do like the Dutch gable of the bookstore and the San Francisco vibe of the other building. Police Station was a Day 1 buy as well. Similar to DD, there was definitely some division on it. I ultimately forgave them for the unfinished wall--I mean why would the donut thief need a trap door if you could just climb over the wall? I like the Hotel almost as much as the PR. My only real critique is that the floors get progressively shorter, especially that upper level. I think raising the top floor one brick height will help--just havent gotten around to it yet. That brings us to the present one. Again, I do not hate it. I think my main problem is inflation. I am looking at this as a $230 plus tax purchase. It does not feel like a $230 building to me. My gut tells me to get Sanctum Sanctorum first. At a glance, I am not really seeing a lot of new build techniques. I do like the colors though. As long as I do not become a statistic of the economy, I will probably end up purchasing it sometime later this year. It is not a bad modular, it simply is not my favorite. Honestly, some people seem to be flabbergasted that others would dare to critique a modular. I think all opinions here are valid, even those I may not necessarily share.
  11. AFOLguy1970

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Two of the hotel minifigs are there. The photographer woman is in front of the bookshop and the accountant nearly gets cut off at the far right. Also interesting to note is that the forum discussion on Brickset suddenly vanished completely after there were warnings not to post any leaks or links to them. I am mildly amused that the leak would come literally one day after the big letdown over the whole "Andy Sax" poster. Also funny is that neither of the two musicians depicted are the much anticipated Andy. That would certainly explain why Andy did not appear yesterday since he might not even be in the set! One musician plays the string bass and the other is shown to be a drummer. That is presumably the magician chasing after the bunny. Then you have a singer, the tailor, the pizza chef, and the delivery person. Since it is fun to speculate, I will guess that there is some type of play feature inside that can make people and animals seemingly disappear for the magic act. I also expect a drum set inside and perhaps minifig torsos and pants in the tailor shop.
  12. AFOLguy1970

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Look at the back of the brown building. There are 4 1x1 transparent bricks used to make the fairly simple design. They are right next to the small balcony. I would also consider the bottom level of the Brick Bank to also have somewhat of a stained glass effect using transparent green.
  13. AFOLguy1970

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    After seeing this, I think I am going to try and save up for the Sanctum Sanctorum first. I don't hate it, but I am not getting that "cannot wait for Day 1" vibe either. Is that a string bass? So perhaps there is a new instrument mold after all! Funny thing is that I ordered two squirrels on online PAB to use with my modulars. Also breathing a sigh of relief that they did not try and make a French Quarter building with a pizzeria. Andy Sax is nowhere to be found and there is also something about a "magic show" . Kind of reminds me of the Friends Theater set I bought for my muppets with a $230+ price tag. I like the yellow, but wish there was more of it.
  14. AFOLguy1970

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Actually, it is 6 minutes until it is 10:21 on the east coast. With that said, yeah, I do not think the Great Pumpkin is going to show up today.
  15. AFOLguy1970

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    I just checked the website for Singapore Comicon and Lego is not listed as an exhibitor. They have a list of participants and a map. There is what appears to be a third party type seller there, but I certainly have my doubts at the moment that Singapore is where it will happen. BTW, what date format does Singapore use? It seems like one of the modulars was revealed in recent years in Asia-I think it was South Korea. As for announcing that a reveal is coming, I do remember the outline of the Police Station being shown shortly before its release. Then of course there have been times where there was no lead up to it. I cannot imagine it will be much longer. If it does go on sale January 1, it would be incredibly hard for the secret to be kept at some point, because the merchandise has to be sent to the warehouses and the stores. It only takes one person in the whole supply chain to leak it. If they can go almost all of the way to release date without a leak, I would be somewhat amazed they were able to pull it off.